Tuesday, July 20 is Tisha b’Av and also the 3-month anniversary of the start of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but Congress hasn’t even voted on legislation to end our addiction to oil. In the meantime, Big Oil continues to hand out millions in campaign donations to Congress. In short, Congress has been caught with oil on their hands.
Join us at high noon on July 20 in Upper Senate Park, Constitution and New Jersey Avenues, on Capitol Hill to demand:
- Dirty Energy Money Out of Politics!
- Pass Climate Legislation That Reduces Carbon and Promotes Clean Energy!
Actions around the country will take place on this date. Some participants will hold up hands covered with simulated oil as speakers articulate why we are taking action. Following the D.C. rally, delegations will go to the offices of the top five Senators and Congresspeople as far as BP campaign donations, calling upon them to return that money to groups like the Gulf Coast Fund and to refuse any further oil industry contributions.
While the U.S. Senate talks about energy policy, let’s take action for what people and the planet need!
There will be a strong Jewish and multireligious component to the program. (See program description below.) So I hope there will be a strong Jewish and multireligious turnout.
Sign up at http://pol.moveon.org/event/ev…
1Sky, 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Climate Crisis Coalition, Code Pink, Corporate Ethics International, Energy Action Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Gulf Restoration Network, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters/JPIC, Mobilization for Climate Justice West, MoveOn.org, N.C. WARN, Oil Change International, Pax Christi USA, Price Carbon Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, Public Citizen, Shalom Center
Noon till 1 pm, , Tues., July 20, at Upper Senate Park, US Capitol Grounds
Participants and Speakers arrive: 11:45
Media arrives: Noon
12:00/ 12:15: Multireligious Wake-up call:
Rabbi David Shneyer, Am Kolel & former pres, Ohalah Assn of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal; shofar-blowing
[? Maybe Buddhist, ringing of bell,,brief prayer]
Rev. Jennifer Hope Kottler, Sojourners — text from Christian tradition
Ibrahim Ramey, Muslim American Soc., chant from Quran
[?maybe Native American, brief prayer]
Rabbi Shneyer leads Pete Seeger’s “Rainbow Race”
MC — Kirsten of CCAN Intro
Speaker 1 – Dirty Money in Politics – Public Citizen CEO – Robb
Speaker 2 – Clean Energy Policy – Greenpeace,
Speaker 3- MoveOn: intro of Gulf Restoration Network – Aaron (GRN)
Speaker 4- Lament & Hope (“Eicha for the Earth”) – Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center
Speaker 5-Introduce Action – FOE – Becca Connors
Head to the Hill at 1 p.m. to visit offices of chief recipients of Oil Money